Foxtrot 1 Trip Update Day 19 – Shandy, Mate
This morning the crew woke up in a new location from the one they fell asleep. At the crack of dawn the staff moved the fleet from Mountain Point to the Baths on Virgin Gorda. The Baths are one of the most beautiful places in the world, with huge, weathered granite boulders, white sand, and crystal clear turquoise water. Like any beautiful national park, it pays to get there early and spend a few hours enjoying the beauty before anyone else.
The Baths are a strange geologic phenomenon: granite is a continental rock, yet here is found on the Caribbean plate, which is an oceanic setting. Finding granite in the Caribbean is like finding a pine tree in the jungle, or an ice cube in the tropics. The unusual combination of plate shifts, volcanic action, and erosion have come together to make the Baths one of the most unique and magical places in the world.
The geology of the Baths was explained in detail during a lesson on plate tectonics and island formation, followed by an exciting Hikel. A Hikel is an invention of Sail Caribbean, and consists of a short hike followed by a snorkel. At the Baths we climbed through boulder caves and paddled around crystal clear pools, before swimming out from a white sand beach to check out the coral reef growing along the shoreline.
Today ends at Cooper Island Beach Club, listening to music played by Jess, one of the mates, and enjoying our last night off docks together.